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Licensing - Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Find all the information you need about HMO, Additional, and Selective Licensing in Sandwell Council.

Mandatory HMO Licensing

National mandatory HMO licensing is in place for all properties let to at least 5 people who are not from 1 ‘household’ (for example a family) but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. It’s sometimes called a ‘house share’.

Additional Licensing

From 1st July 2022, until 30th June 2027, an Additional Licensing scheme is in place in the Bromwich Central ward only. Enter your property details in our look up tool to confirm if your property is within Bromwich Central ward.

The designation applies to all HMOs as defined by Section 254 of the Act that are occupied by 3-4 persons comprising two or more households, and HMOs as defined in Section 257 of the Act. 

You can read more about the designation here.

Selective Licensing

There is no selective licensing within this local authority area as at 20th May 2023.

Important Dates

1st July 2022
Start of the Additional Licensing scheme.

30th June 2027
End of the Additional Licensing scheme.

The council will be able to extend the scheme for a further five years’ after a further consultation. 

Licensing Conditions

There are a set of different nationally required standards for each type of licence. Each Local Authority has the powers to add to these requirements so it’s always important to check the standards for each area you have a licensable property. 

Licensing Conditions – National HMO Standards

Licence conditions – Amenity Standards

Licence Conditions – Management Regulations

There does not appear to be an different standards required for the Additional Licensing scheme.


National mandatory HMO Licence

Fees for the financial year 2023/2024

Type of FeeFirst Application for an HMO LicenceRenewal Licence Fee
Part A (application fee)£601.44£465.58
Part B (licence fee)£336.58£202.07

Additional Licence

Type of FeeFirst Application for an HMO LicenceRenewal Licence Fee
Part A (application fee)£572.80£443.41
Part B (licence fee)£320.55£192.45

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